Contact: Charles Territo
Title: Senior Vice President of Communications,
Marketing and Public Affairs
Phone: (480) 443-7000
Tempe, AZ — American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the leading provider of road safety camera programs in North America, applauds the findings in a new study released today that show speed safety cameras are not only popular, but can dramatically change driver behavior and reduce fatal and injury speed-related crashes on residential streets.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report, “Effects of Automated Speed Enforcement in Montgomery County, Maryland, on Vehicle Speeds, Public Opinion, and Crashes,” focused on Montgomery County’s nearly 8-year-old speed camera program. The report examined speed cameras on residential roads with speed limits of 25-35 mph, and found the cameras were associated with a:
- 10 percent reduction in mean speeds;
- 59 percent reduction in the likelihood that a vehicle was traveling more than 10 mph above the speed limit at camera sites; and
- 39 percent reduction in the likelihood that a crash resulted in an incapacitating or fatal injury.
The report also conducted a public opinion poll among drivers in the county and found:
- A 62 percent public acceptance rate of the program among drivers in 2014 even though most drivers polled had received a camera ticket or knew someone else who had;
- 76 percent of drivers polled said camera enforcement had caused them to reduce their speeds when traveling on residential streets and in school zones; and
- 86 percent of drivers surveyed favored speed cameras in school zones.
The study examined changes in travel speeds measured in November 2014 with speeds measured in September-October 2006, about six months before camera enforcement began. The report notes that in 2013, 25 percent of all speed-related fatalities in the U.S. occurred on streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less.
“As the leading provider of speed safety cameras in the U.S. it is gratifying to see this report, like others before it, further validate the influence speed cameras can have on driver behavior and community safety,” said David Roberts, ATS President and Chief Operation Officer. “On average, nearly 10,000 people are killed in speed-related collisions every year in our country, yet less than 140 communities use speed safety cameras. It is our hope that this report causes both communities and drivers to pause and reconsider their approach to safety.”
About American Traffic Solutions:
ATS is proud to be the market leader in road safety camera installations in North America. ATS has more than 3,200 installed red-light, speed and school bus stop arm safety cameras serving more than 30 million people in the nation. ATS has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 20 states and Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: www.atsol.com.